My name is Sheila, the energy behind our animal love. We are located in the small town of Wimberley, Texas, situated in the heart of the beautiful Texas hill country. Our homestead includes lush live oak and cedar elm trees with our acreage securely fenced and divided for the romp and play of our children, Poms, Jerseys, and horses. Our Petticoat Poms goals are 1) to produce and raise superior quality poms that conform to the breed's high standard and 2) to protect and promote that standard. We only have a few litters a year. With 1-2 puppies in an average litter, we are able to be very picky about the homes we place our puppies in: exclusively pet homes, and under no exception will we allow our dogs to be adopted out to large kennels, pet stores, puppy mills, or any individual who intends to confine them in small dog runs for the bulk of their day. We believe they deserve a lifetime of affection and companionship. Poms are one of the most intelligent breeds (largely why they are selected for circus performance), most affectionate, and make devoted family pets, therapy companions, and personal friends. A few minutes of internet research over the Pomeranian history and breed description is just the beginning of persuasion. A few seconds with one in your lap, will persuade you for LIFE!
Home of Petticoat Poms
In addition to our plethora of Poms, our homestead family includes Lilly, our girls' stubborn Shetland pony and Miss Molly, our faithful, patient Jersey milk cow. Miss Molly, named for an old Texas fiddle tune, has been the sole responsibility of my two oldest sons, both devoted Texas fiddler musicians. Each week, she donates awesome milk (from our perspective) for our family's private consumption. Photo: Lilly warmly welcomes Molly's little Macho into the world just minutes after his birth.
Photo: My Petticoat partner sharing treats with some of our fur babies in their 2 1/2 acre playground. What a life! Her second favorite spot is the above ground garden, (fenced area in the upper right of the photo).
The care and attention our Poms get is very important to us. Because of that we take extra steps to see that they remain healthy and happy. Each and every Pom on our property is treated monthly with Revolution. This step is rather costly, but it assures us we will never battle fleas, our Poms won't spend hours itching, and we will never have to mess with dangerous chemicals for dipping, spraying, or bathing. Revolution also protects dogs from heartworms, roundworms, and a myriad of other internal parasites that they could otherwise fall victim to. We feed our dogs high quality dog food, Royal Canin (small bites for small breeds) and Iams. Weekly our Poms are given natural pigs ears, turkey jerky, or other favorite chews for the care and maintenance of their teeth. Our dogs are our friends and companions, and because of that, their care and management are high priority.
Our animal interest also includes a deep affection for horses. We have Lilly, our Shetland Pony, who gives each rider a test in patience and endurance (Ha!); Shiner, our fantastic bomb proof kid horse who makes us wish we had owned a horse our whole life; Glory, who was our own to break and train under saddle; and also my own personal favorite Horatio, a rare and absolutely gorgeous blue eyed Tobiano paint colt that we are training from the ground up. Our horses and our Poms share our space, share our time, and share our hearts. (Photo at left: our new cedar post shelter, complete with Mr. Ed. door)
A common sight in our neighborhood, is the Wray brood on our family walks. We take up most of the private roadway with a myriad of young bikers, walkers, and Mom with the joggerstroller full of wee ones... always including a different lapful of our beloved pets who looooove to come along.
Our puppies become active, they are given round-pen play time in the shade of our Oak covered yard. Their early puppy-hood is spent in a natual setting, and they are given plenty of freedom to romp, play and explore while being socialized by gentle, careful hands.
Working with our horses has been one of the most enjoyable hobbies of my life. So much in the training of horses is applicable to the training of any animal... "Make the right thing easy, and make the wrong thing difficult." (By: Clinton Anderson). I'd been asked before which of my passions is greater, that of my horses or that of my Poms; Yet, I never could give an answer. The only difference I could see between the two is, one you get to sit on, but the other one you have sit on you! Each requires an exchange of trust and affection, and I'm forever equally fond of BOTH.
(Me) Sheila and my energetic baby!
At the center of our family hobby is our ever growing family. I am blessed to have the support and encouragement of my husband, Andrew, as well as the help and devotion of our older children. We, Andrew and Sheila Wray, have five biological children and six adopted children. (Our deep conviction toward adoption is something we will eagerly share with any who are interested, and we can be reached through our same Pom contact info on our website any time.) Our Pom interest began as our oldest sons grew up. For years they were involved in raising New Zealand rabbits, Nubian goats and Jersey cows for 4H competition in our county and city show rings as well. My older daughters now team up with me as my Petticoat Pom lovers, to find pleasure in raising something that finally does not belong in the "people" food chain, and it is a hobby that our entire family can take part in.